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How do I know perforated colon cause from cancer or diverticulitis?

How do I know  perforated colon cause from cancer or diverticulitis?

Perforation: Acute perforation can be caused by acute diverticulitis or colon cancer. Shen there is a perforation emergency surgery is required and the removal of the perforated segment of colon is reviewed by a pathologist which can help differentiate between colon cancer and diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Colon cancer stage 2, pt 65y/o. Had 1 + mass, multiple benign polops. All of the colon was removed. Is chemo recommended? No matastatas noted.

Colon cancer stage 2, pt 65y/o. Had 1 + mass, multiple benign polops. All of the colon was removed. Is chemo recommended? No matastatas noted.

No chemo needed: There is no evidence that chemotherapy benefits patients with stage 2 colon cancer. It is often given, however. There might be a reason to give it if the cancer was obstructing or perforated as that can worsen the likelihood for cure with surgical resection alone. ...Read more

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Biopsy of hepatic mass segment 7 and 8 with final diagnosis of Invasive Adenocarcinoma, what does this mean? Colon Cancer?

Biopsy of hepatic mass segment 7 and 8 with final diagnosis of Invasive Adenocarcinoma, what does this mean? Colon Cancer?

Possibly: A number of different adenoCa's can spread to liver. Colonoscopy followed by PET/CAT may be needed to determine origin of the metastatic lesion. Once primary is addressed, the liver can be handled since lesions of liver do not spread out of liver but primary's can spread to other sites. Liver then approached by resection, microwave ablation or chemoembolization. ...Read more

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Will a colonoscopy detect anal cancer/mass as well colon cancer? Is the digital exam done before the colonoscopy is performed?

Will a colonoscopy detect anal cancer/mass as well colon cancer? Is the digital exam done before the colonoscopy is performed?

Not able to detect.: Several instruments are used for examining the rectum and then colon. The anal canal is examined with an anoscope being several inches long. confirmation is by digital exam. The proctoscope looks at the rectum above the anus after which sigmoidoscopes were used but now replaced by the colonoscope for examining upper rectum to cecum. Lesion found are then bx. ...Read more

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My 30 yr old daughter had colon cancer with a resection. She received chemo for 6 months but has a mass on ovary along with cysts.What is prognosis an?

Need more info: Although it can happen, spread of a colon cancer to the ovary after her resection seems unlikely. Follow up with the cancer specialists and ob/gyn. This also could be new problem in ovary not recurrence. Testing blood levels for tumor markers and further imaging tests are called for. ...Read more

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A friend has been told they have colon cancer, diagnosed via a tumour marker blood test, high cea, CT scan showed contained mass. Is this conclusive?

A friend has been told they have colon cancer, diagnosed via a tumour marker blood test, high cea, CT scan showed contained mass. Is this conclusive?

No, but...: But very suspicious for colon cancer. If your friend is similar in age to yourself a mass in the colon on ct scan is cancer until proven otherwise. And cea levels can go up for other reasons but, given the mass, they would strongly favor cancer. But to answer your question "no"... They are not definitive. You would need a piece of the mass under a microscope to prove definitively its cancer. ...Read more

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Colon cancer, bleeding mass, havng cath/stent/bypass. Risk of hemorrhage/complications from thinners during/after procedures? No CAD symptom, pos tgxt

Colon cancer, bleeding mass, havng cath/stent/bypass. Risk of hemorrhage/complications from thinners during/after procedures? No CAD symptom, pos tgxt

Too complicated...: To address in this forum. You need to ask these questions of your team of docs-your primary doc and whichever secondary docs you have: gi, surgeon, cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, . ...Read more

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CT scan - 1.3cm ovoid focus fat adjacent sigmoid colon, trace inflammation of colon no diver. or colitis. What oculd the fat mass be? Cancer? 23 yrs m

CT scan - 1.3cm ovoid focus fat adjacent sigmoid colon, trace inflammation of colon no diver. or colitis. What oculd the fat mass be? Cancer? 23 yrs m

Fat mass: This could be a lipoma (benign fatty tumor) or even an infarcted appendix epiploica. These are the normal fatty projections of fat that are attached to the colon. Sometimes these get twisted and die off. Speak with you doctor. 1.3 cm is a pretty small mass. Chances are its benign. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 breast cancer, last month had to have emergency surgery for a perforated colon. She is not healing even with a wound vac?

My mom has stage 4 breast cancer, last month had to have emergency surgery for a perforated colon. She is not healing even with a wound vac?

Use high suction: Stage 4 Breast Ca may not be contributing if she is in good shape and not on chemo which impedes healing. If bowel perforation is from diverticular disease and not from disease, if problem is drainage, the Vac should be on high suction and patient given hyperalimentation to improve healing of wound. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more